FUNK FIRM: Funk Vector test and review

What HiFi:  Arguably the best-sounding sub-£1000 turntable there is – the Funk Vector is an oddly shaped minimalist turntable that positively bristles with clever ideas. The most obvious example is a platter made of foamed vinyl instead of the MDF, acrylic or metal that its rivals use. Funk Firm claims this material has the best […]

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EAT has released a new, mid-priced, turntable. Paul Rigby reviews the C-Sharp turntable and its C-Note arm.

EAT has released a new, mid-priced, turntable. Paul Rigby reviews the C-Sharp turntable and its C-Note arm. Based in Prague, in the Czech Republic, EAT is in the fortunate position of owning and sharing a factory with turntable giant, Pro-Ject (EAT boss, Jozefina Lichtenegger, is married to Pro-Ject’s founder, Heinz Lichtenegger). All EAT turntable parts […]

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TECHNICS: 5350 receiver test review

Contents: Comparative pricing Buying advice Minimalist power cord The tone balance control Headphone jack FM section Amplification section Suitable partners For and against Should YOU buy? Where to buy Howard Popeck writes: Even before I founded Subjective Audio Ltd I was an enthusiast of Technics gear. The Tottenham Court Road audio bullrings had visually impressive […]

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NOBLE AUDIO: K10U review

  Simon Osborne Walker writes ….. The K10U (or Kaiser 10U) are incredibly ambitious in-ear headphones, packing 10 separate drivers into each striking aluminium casing. They’re right at the top of US-based Noble Audio’s impressive earphone range, and the pricing hits lofty heights – especially if you go for the custom-fit option. But these may […]

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MERIDIAN: Audio Prime D/A headphone amplifier test review

John Atkinson (Stereophile) writes: A reader recently asked if I preferred listening to loudspeakers or to headphones. There is no easy answer: Although I do most of my music listening through speakers, about 10% of that listening, for various reasons, takes place in the privacy of my headphones. I have also found that, since I […]

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DALI: Rubicon 6 Loudspeaker Review

From the desk of Frank Berryman: Introduction I first ran across DALI loudspeakers at RMAF 2010, and was so impressed with their performance I requested a pair of Ikon 6 MKIIs ($2000) for review. I found them exceptional loudspeakers at a modest price, the perfect floorstanding loudspeakers for an entry level system. You can read […]

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Filo X3 – test review

Noel Keywood (HiFi World) writes:   Will Chinese manufacturer FiiO have a runaway success with their new budget X3 digital audio player? Noel Keywood thinks so. Little hi-res players like the FiiO X3 I am reviewing here aren’t so common as yet but they’re an intriguing proposition for any hi-fi enthusiast. Aimed at headphone users and […]

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EXOGAL AUDIO: Comet DAC Review

From the desk of Frank Berryman:   Introduction You can’t swing a dead cat at an audio show without hitting a couple of dozen new DACs, introduced by both established manufacturers and start-ups, ranging in price from $99 up to the cost of a luxury automobile. The new entrants join the literally hundreds of DACs […]

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HEADPHONES: A buyers guide – which type delivers the best balance of great sound, isolation, and comfortable f

TecHive write ….. In the ear, over the ear, or on the ear: We examine three headphone types and name the the best for music lovers. In-the-ear, on-the-ear, and over-the-ear headphones all sound different. They also have their respective benefits and drawbacks. We set out to explore which kind of cans provides the best mix […]

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JADIS: Orchestra Integrated Amplifier – Luxe, calme et volupté test review

  Blair Roger: “Jadis has a remarkable entry-level product here. It completely puts to rest the myth of Jadis reliability and affordability. It is on an entirely different plane from other audio components, and I suppose, in the end, that is what Jadis is all about. Their pursuit is music and the most natural reproduction […]

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WILSON AUDIO: An encounter in London with a $0.35m USD audio system including the Wilson Audio Alexx loudspeakers

Summary: I started out by musing on a working title; ‘Higher-end redefined?’ I knew within moments it only had to be adjusted slightly to ‘Higher-end redefined!’ A magnificent achievement. As engaging, thrilling and inspiring a performance as I’ve yet heard in the UK. There may be other combinations up there, Magico for example, Martin Logan […]

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Focal Spirit Professional Closed-back Headphones test review

Sam Inglis writes: Fashions come and go in most aspects of studio equipment, and French makers Focal are currently studio monitor manufacturers du jour. They’ve now applied the spirit of innovation that characterises their active loudspeakers to the design of their first headphones. The Spirit Professionals are closed-back ‘phones which employ a custom Mylar and titanium-alloy […]

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LAMM INDUSTRIES: LL1 Signature line preamplifier test review

Stereophile write: I’ve long been impressed by the design, construction, and sound of the tubed electronics produced by Vladimir Lamm, but I’d never had a Lamm Industries product in my house. So I asked for a review sample of Lamm’s flagship line-stage preamplifier, the LL1 Signature. When it arrived, I realized I’d never asked about […]

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FIDELITY RESEARCH: FR-64S tonearm test review

Howard Popeck: I sold loads of these. Always new, because nobody ever traded one in with me. They were 100% reliable, beautiful to look at, magnificently engineered and looked like $1m. However, truth be told, sound quality was good, very good in fact – but not terrific. Not terrific in absolute terms nor indeed for […]

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LOUDSPEAKER MEASUREMENTS: Axiom, B&W, Dahlquist, Focal, JBL, Magico, Morel, PSB and many more

Written in 2009 They write ….. With the cooperation of Canada’s National Research Council (NRC), in the year 2000 the SoundStage! Network began measuring and publishing objective measurements of loudspeaker products — a first for online publications. The NRC’s legacy of producing accurate loudspeaker measurements goes back decades. Literally thousands of speakers have been measured […]

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ARCAM: FMJ A19 test review

FOR Big, room-filling sound Open, dynamic and cohesive Subtle and revealing detail Deep and authoritative sound Remarkable composure and control Good build and connections AGAINST Requires careful system matching Its strengths might not be immediately apparent The Arcam FMJ A19 is a new integrated stereo amplifier that joins the ranks of Arcam’s high-end FMJ series – and […]

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GOLDEN EAR TECHNOLOGY: Triton One loudspeaker test review

Stereophile write: I reviewed GoldenEar Technology’s first speaker, the Triton Two ($2999.98; all prices per pair), in February 2012. It was and is an outstandingly good speaker, but I thought then that if GoldenEar would apply the same expertise to the design of a speaker with fewer cost constraints, the results could be better still. […]

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